Leighton Vander Esch named defensive rookie of the month

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The Cowboys have had to worry about injuries to Sean Lee hamstringing their defense in recent years, but now they have another impact linebacker.

Leighton Vander Esch was named the NFL’s defensive rookie of the month for November, after a strong four-game stretch.

He had double-digit tackles in every game and a pair of interceptions. He leads the Cowboys in tackles with 119, putting him on pace to pass Dexter Coakley (136) for the team’s all-time rookie record.

The first-rounder has also provided a steadying influence for their defense during Lee’s absence, giving them someone at the second level they can rely on.

11 responses to “Leighton Vander Esch named defensive rookie of the month

  1. Say what you will but Dallas has been NAILING their first round picks the ENTIRE Garrett era! No Busts only pro bowlers!
    I will go a step further and say entire drafts as a Whole have been the best since the Jimmy era!
    This guy is a Monster a Stud Love watching the defense play football, been a long time since I could say that.

  2. And everyone was upset when they passed on Ridley and Hurst.

    I think Smith (Bears) is still the best rookie ILBr I’ve seen in a long time (maybe it’s easy considering the talent around him) but this was a great pick by Dallas.

    I’m a Giants’ fan but a fan of the game and people, first. So I root for everyone individually, just not for their teams’ success.

    So congrats and stay healthy…

  3. Nonsense, Darius Leonard should be the winner. This guy gets more publicity because they always stick Dallas on National TV games.

  4. calizcowboyz says: November 29, 2018 at 10:26 am
    Say what you will but Dallas has been NAILING their first round picks the ENTIRE Garrett era! No Busts only pro bowlers!
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    Garrett became head coach of the Cowboys in 2010. Here’s a list of the 1st round picks:

    * Dez Bryant- multiple pro bowls. Needed 24/7 babysitters/ fixers
    * Tyron Smith- multiple pro bowls
    * Morris Claiborne- Pretty decent career. lots of injuries
    * Travis Frederick- multiple pro bowls
    * Zack Martin- multiple pro bowls
    * Byron Jones- No pro bowls (?) but a very solid in the secondary
    * Ezekiel Elliott
    * Taco Charlton
    * Leighton Vander Esch

    Overall, they’ve hit on just about all their first rounders.

  5. Puh leeze…stop with the Leonard stuff. Can’t hold a candle to this DROTY. Vander Esch is Sean Lee 2.0 – but healthy!

  6. calizcowboyz says:
    November 29, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Say what you will but Dallas has been NAILING their first round picks the ENTIRE Garrett era! No Busts only pro bowlers!
    I will go a step further and say entire drafts as a Whole have been the best since the Jimmy era!
    This guy is a Monster a Stud Love watching the defense play football, been a long time since I could say that.
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    Cowboys fans like you give us a bad rep. you’re one of them delusional ones. a few of us realistic ones do exist out there people.

    the person above beat me to it, but I’ll add.

    Garrett Era:
    Morris Claiborne was a total bust for Dallas. Constantly hurt and never lived up to the 6th pick status. Jerrah had to trade up to get him too. Rams took Brockers with that 14th pick. Safe to say Brockers is a way better player than Claiborne although neither has been all-pro. Pro bowl is a popularity contest so I’ll dismiss that, even though I don’t think Brockers has made that either. I know Claiborne hasn’t. Dallas passed on players like Kuechly, Cox, Melvin Ingram, and Chandler Jones as well, just to name a few. SMH

    Byron Jones has been mediocre AT BEST! Wasn’t that good at safety and has only started making 1st Round-like contributions this year. Even saying that is a stretch.

    Taco is pretty much a bust as of now. I know it’s early and it took D-Law a while to be an impact player, but Taco was a 1st rd pick. Could’ve had TJ Watt instead.

    Other 1st round busts not in Garrett era: Barbie Carpenter, Felix Jones, Marcus Spears was OK but not 1st round worthy, Ebenezer Ekuban, David LaFleur. I’ll stop right there. SMH

  7. jorgetown420 says:
    November 29, 2018 at 2:18 pm
    calizcowboyz says:
    November 29, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Say what you will but Dallas has been NAILING their first round picks the ENTIRE Garrett era! No Busts only pro bowlers!
    I will go a step further and say entire drafts as a Whole have been the best since the Jimmy era!
    This guy is a Monster a Stud Love watching the defense play football, been a long time since I could say that.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________
    Cowboys fans like you give us a bad rep. you’re one of them delusional ones. a few of us realistic ones do exist out there people.

    the person above beat me to it, but I’ll add.

    Garrett Era:
    Morris Claiborne was a total bust for Dallas. Constantly hurt and never lived up to the 6th pick status. Jerrah had to trade up to get him too. Rams took Brockers with that 14th pick. Safe to say Brockers is a way better player than Claiborne although neither has been all-pro. Pro bowl is a popularity contest so I’ll dismiss that, even though I don’t think Brockers has made that either. I know Claiborne hasn’t. Dallas passed on players like Kuechly, Cox, Melvin Ingram, and Chandler Jones as well, just to name a few. SMH

    Byron Jones has been mediocre AT BEST! Wasn’t that good at safety and has only started making 1st Round-like contributions this year. Even saying that is a stretch.

    Taco is pretty much a bust as of now. I know it’s early and it took D-Law a while to be an impact player, but Taco was a 1st rd pick. Could’ve had TJ Watt instead.

    Other 1st round busts not in Garrett era: Barbie Carpenter, Felix Jones, Marcus Spears was OK but not 1st round worthy, Ebenezer Ekuban, David LaFleur. I’ll stop right there. SMH
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    Byron Jones is grading out as the best corner in the league this year (his natural position when he was drafted), how is saying that a stretch?

  8. This guy is good , He is going to tear this league up . There are 31 other teams kicking themselves.

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